The Bear Facts

December 19, 1998

Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm Rachel Studer!

And I'm Abby Rahm! Seasons Greetings from the "Bear Facts". Happy Holidays from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The holidays will be a little bittersweet for those of us at Garrigan this year, and especially for all of us who are in the Class of '99. That's because one of our classmates won't be at home to celebrate this Christmas. You've probably heard that a month ago Garrigan senior Melissa McGuire suffered paralyzing injuries in a car wreck near Whittemore. She's been hospitalized since then, and we really miss her here at school.

Melissa is in rehabilitation now. We hope this special season of miracles will bring the hope of recovery to her. Every day we say prayers at Garrigan for Melissa, for her sister, freshman Rebecca McGuire, and for the whole McGuire family. We hope all of them will find comfort and happiness this Christmas.

There's another note of sadness this Christmas, too. Last weekend Bernard Meister died. Bernie was the father of Garrigan president and coach Gene Meister and the grandfather of freshman Mark Meister. He was also a big financial supporter of the school, the man who placed his name on Meister Drive by the gym. We offer our sincere sympathy to all the Meisters in their time of loss.

Even with a bit of sadness, Christmas is primarily a time of joy. The BGHS music department will be celebrating the season tomorrow. That's when they'll be presenting their bi-annual madrigal dinner. The madrigal celebrates the Christmas traditions of merry old England. All the lords and ladies will savor a succulant feast, while their eyes and ears enjoy the musical presentations. The madrigal happens only once every two years, so don't miss this special holiday celebration.

Christmas is a time for looking back, and we at Garrigan can be proud of a lot of accomplishments this past year. This fall the Golden Bears won state championships in cross country and drill team. Our baseball team won another conference championship, the quiz bowl team returned to nationals, the band and cheerleaders placed well in competition, and the football Bears made the play-offs for the first time since district play was started.

Another group of Bears is surprising us all this winter. The boys' basketball team is really coming together, and their record so far has a lot more wins than losses. It's no surprise that sophomore point guard Brad Nelson leads the team in almost every category. Lots of other players have contributed too, though. Seniors Andrew Brunsen and Matt Kunkel have improved dramatically over last year, and other players like Jason Kohlhaas, Jeremy Bartolo, John Mosbach, Scott McGuire, and Ben Richter have all helped the Bears to victory. We hope their success continues into 1999.

Our holiday Senior Spotlight shines on Adam Foertsch and Jake Sutter.

While he's technically a Wesley native, you might call Adam Foertsch a citizen of the world. He probably travels more than anyone else in the Class of '99--whether it's to Des Moines or Florida or England. Adam is one of two BGHS students taking Russian this fall. One of his favorite activities is quiz bowl, and away from school you might see him working at McDonalds. We wish Adam the very best in the future.

You probably know the name of Jake Sutter as quarterback for the Golden Bear football team. Jake also played safety, and early in the season you might have seen him kicking the ball. Now that it's winter, he's practicing for intramural basketball. Jake enjoys art and science classes. He hopes to play football in college, and we wish him good luck next year.

On our Golden Bear calendar, tonight the Garrigan and Seton faculty are having their annual Christmas party. Tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Advent, and we'll be presenting the madrigal dinner at 11am and 6pm.

Tuesday we'll have a special Christmas prayer service at 1:15, and afterwards we'll dismiss for the holidays. Absolutely nothing is scheduled over Christmas vacation, which lasts through Sunday, January 3.

Classes resume on Monday the 4th. That Tuesday there's a four-game basketball match-up, with the Bears hosting Clear Lake. Then on Wednesday the 6th, there will be a diocesan student council summit at Remsen.

There's more basketball on Friday, January 8, when the Bears travel to Iowa Falls. Then on Saturday the 9th, the quiz bowl team plays at Eagle Grove.

That's the "Bear Facts" for 1998. We'll be off for the next two weeks because of Christmas vacation. But check back on Saturday, January 9, 1999, when we'll be back to welcome in a Golden Bear new year. Until then ...

Merry Christmas, everybody!

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